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Gloucestershire in Cotswolds

Moreton-in-Marsh is a busy Cotswold town with a wide High Street and a large market on Tuesdays. Many buildings are constructed from the local honey-coloured stone which makes the Cotswolds area so picturesque. With a railway station and several bus services, Moreton-in-Marsh is a transport hub for the northern Cotswolds.

TI Tel. 01608 650881. |

If you are looking for an organised day trip to the Cotswolds this Cotswolds Tour conveniently departs from Moreton-in-Marsh station. It will give you a taste of the beautiful countryside and picturesque villages and towns nearby, including some free time for lunch and shopping.

Moreton-in-Marsh is a good place to stay for exploring the picturesque villages and countryside of the northern Cotswolds by public transport. It is easy to reach with direct trains from London (Paddington) and Oxford

Accommodation in Moreton-in-Marsh (with distance from station, see map below):

White Hart Royal Hotel (¼ mile) Redesdale Arms Hotel (¼ mile) Swan Inn (½ mile) Manor House Hotel (½ mile)

Moreton-in-Marsh map

Wellington Aviation Museum ½ mile

A small museum dedicated to the former Royal Air Force base at Moreton-in-Marsh. Exhibits include aircraft parts, books, paintings and photographs. Tel. 01608 812387.
Open Apr-Oct, Sun 1000-1600.

Batsford Arboretum 1¾ miles or by bus then ¾ mile

One of the largest private tree collections in the country with snowdrops, spring bulbs and wildlife to see as well as the trees. Views across the Evenlode Valley. Events programme. Cafe. Tel. 01386 701441.
Open Daily 1000-1700.
Bus 1/2 from station forecourt to end of drive (watch for sign on the right) then ¾ mile walk. 5 minutes journey, M-S about every 2 hours. Operated by Johnson's Coaches.
The Monarch's Way path may be muddy, it is 2½ miles via the A44.

Cotswold Falconry 1¾ miles or by bus then ¾ mile

Birds of Prey with daily flying demonstrations. Tel. 01386 701043.
Open Mar-Oct, Daily from 1030, see website for flying demonstration times.
Bus see Batsford Arboretum above.

Bourton House Garden 2 miles or by bus

A garden with herbaceous borders, spring-fed water features and topiary. Refreshments (May-Sep). Tel. 01386 700754.
Open Apr-Oct, TWThF 1000-1700. Closed Easter weekend and BH.
Bus 1/2 from station to Bourton-on-the-Hill, 6 minutes journey. M-S about every 2 hours. Operated by Johnson's Coaches.

Sezincote House and Gardens 2½ miles or by bus then 1 mile

The disinctive Mogul syle House was built in 1805. It is surrounded by a Repton landscape including a series of spring-fed pools. Guided tours of the house, children are only admitted by special permission.
Open House May-Sep, ThF & BH 1430-1730. Garden Jan-Nov, ThF & BH 1400-1800.
Bus 1/2 from station to end of drive (watch for Batsford Arboretum sign on the right) then 1 mile walk along drive. 5 minutes journey, M-S about every 2 hours. Operated by Johnson's Coaches.

Warwick Castle Breaks
Warwick Castle Breaks
Warwick Castle Breaks

Mill Dene Garden by bus

An English country garden with fun and surprises. Features include a mill pond, grotto, fruit garden and herb potager. Cream teas. Tel. 01386 700457.
Open Apr-Sep, WThF 1000-1700, Sat 0900-1300.
Bus 1/2 from station to Blockley village green, 11 minutes journey. M-S about hourly. Operated by Johnson's Coaches.

Blockley map

Bourton-on-the-Water by bus

One of the most picturesque Cotswolds villages, Bourton-on-the-Water has several bridges over the River Windrush and is known as the 'Little Venice' of the Cotswolds.
Bus 801 from station forecourt to Bourton-on-the-Water High Street. 26 minutes journey, M-S about every 1½ hours. Also summer Sun & BH, infrequent. Operated by Pulhams Coaches. Buses also operate from Cheltenham Spa and Kingham.

TI Tel. 01451 820211.

Bourton-on-the-Water map

Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection by bus

Vintage cars and a large toy collection. Motorsports exhibition. Blacksmith's workshop. Tel. 01451 821255.
Open Mar-Nov, Daily 1000-1800.
Bus see Bourton-on-the-Water above.

Model Village by bus

A small replica of the beautiful village of Bourton-on-the-Water built in local Cotswold stone. Tel. 01451 820467.
Open Daily 1000-1800 (1600 Nov-Mar).
Bus see Bourton-on-the-Water above.

Birdland Park and Gardens by bus

A wide variety of birds including penguins, parrots, flamingos, owls and emus. Dinosaur trail. Play area. Café. Tel. 01451 820480.
Open Daily from 1000, see website for closing times.
Bus see Bourton-on-the-Water above.

Dragonfly Maze by bus

A yew maze with a pavilion at its centre. As well as navigating the maze there are clues to solve to reveal a secret. Tel. 01451 822251.
Open please see website.
Bus see Bourton-on-the-Water above.

Greystones Farm Nature Reserve by bus then ½ mile

This cattle farm on the outskirts of the busy village is a tranquil nature reserve with wildflower meadows and an archaeology walk. Tel. 01452 383333.
Open Any reasonable time.
Bus see Bourton-on-the-Water above.

Upper & Lower Slaughter by bus then walk up to 2 miles

The attractive villages of Lower Slaughter (1¼ miles) and Upper Slaughter (2 miles) are a pleasant walk from Bourton-on-the-Water. Follow the path from Bourton-on-the-Water Church, passing schools, then left onto Station Road to the A429 junction. Cross at the traffic lights and walk a few yards to the right then left onto a surfaced path (the 'Warden's Way') to Lower Slaughter. The photograph shows cottages beside the River Eye in Lower Slaughter. Ordnance Survey Explorer map The Cotswolds covers the area in great detail - ideal for planning your own walking route.
Bus see Bourton-on-the-Water above.

Cottages in the Cotswolds

Broadway by bus

A large Cotswolds village with a wide street lined with a picturesque mixture of Tudor, Stuart and Georgian buildings. It is known as the 'Jewel of the Cotswolds'. The Cotswold Way National Trail passes through Broadway.
Bus 1 from station forecourt to Broadway High Street. 27 minutes journey, M-S about every 3 hours. Operated by Johnson's Coaches. Buses also operate from Evesham, Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Broadway map

Broadway Museum & Art Gallery by bus

A branch of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, this museum has exhibits with connections to the local landscape and Broadway's history, including paintings, tapestries and ceramics. Exhibitions programme. Tel. 01386 859047.
Open TWThFS & BH 1000-1700 (1500 Nov-Jan).
Bus see Broadway above.

Broadway Tower by bus then 1½ miles

Broadway Tower is a Capability Brown folly on an ancient beacon site. There are exhibitions on three floors and dramatic views from the roof, on a clear day you can see 16 counties. Restaurant. Tel. 01386 853390.
Open Daily 1000-1700.
Bus see Broadway above then 1½ miles uphill walk along the Cotswold Way. The uphill walk can be avoided by alighting from the bus before Broadway at the top of Fish Hill: watch for a signposted left turning off the A44 at crossroads, about 15 minutes from Moreton-in-Marsh, then walk ¾ mile along the minor road.

Gordon Russell Design Museum by bus

The Museum celebrates the life and work of the designer Gordon Russell and his Company. The museum is housed in the original workshop and its furniture collection covers a range of styles including Arts and Crafts, Modernism and Utility. Tel. 01386 854695.
Open Feb-Dec, TWThFSSu 1100-1700 (1600 Nov/Dec/Feb)).
Bus see Broadway above.

Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway by bus then ½ mile

A 16 mile standard gauge steam and diesel railway from Broadway to Cheltenham Race Course. Heritage Trail at Toddington. Events programme. Tearooms at Winchcombe and Toddington stations. Tel. 01242 621405.
Open please see website for operating days and train times.
Bus see Broadway above.

Ordnance Survey Maps
Ordnance Survey Maps
Ordnance Survey Maps

Chipping Campden by bus

A small market town in the northern Cotswolds with an elegant High Street of historic buildings including the Market Hall built of the local honey-coloured stone in 1627. The Cotswold Way National Trail starts at Chipping Campden and passes Dover's Hill where there are good views over the Vale of Evesham, the viewpoint is 1¼ miles from the bus stops. Note that Campden is pronounced 'Camden'.
Bus 1/2 from station to Chipping Campden High Street, Town Hall. 30-50 minutes journey, M-S about every 2 hours. For the return journey note that buses 1 and 2 leave from different sides of the road, see map. Operated by Johnson's Coaches. Buses also operate from Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon.

TI Tel. 01386 841206.

Court Barn Museum by bus

The story of the Arts and Crafts movement illustrated with many examples of the work of artists, designers and craftspeople of the northern Cotswolds. Exhibitions programme. Tel. 01386 841951.
Open TWThFSSu & BH 1000-1700 (1600 Oct-Mar).
Bus to Chipping Campden.

Chipping Campden map
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays
National Trust Holidays

Hidcote NT by bus then 1½ miles

The world-famous Arts and Crafts garden created by the horticulturist Major Lawrence Johnston. The garden's colourful outdoor 'rooms' are full of surprises with many unusual plants. Café. Tel. 01386 438333.
Open Mar-Oct, Daily 1000-1700 (1800 Apr-Sep).
Bus 1/2 from station forecourt to Mickleton Three Ways (37-56 minutes journey) then 1½ miles uphill walk. M-S about every 2 hours. Operated by Johnson's Coaches. Buses also operate from Stratford-upon-Avon.
Note After wet weather when the path is muddy you may prefer to walk 2 miles via the minor road.

Kiftsgate Court Garden by bus then 1½ miles

The gardens were planted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Colourful summer borders contrast with the tranquil sunken garden. Bluebell wood in early May. Refreshments. Tel. 01386 438777.
Open May-Aug, MTWSSu 1200-1800 (1400-1800 in Aug). Apr & Sep, MWSu 1400-1800.
Bus see Hidcote.

Mickleton map